Weekend Q Preview - These Games Aren't Just For Show
For those that maintain the impression that the NHL All Star festivities are a sham and/or a waste of time, good news--there is an alternative for you this weekend, with many selections to choose from!
First off, the Saint John Sea Dogs and Moncton Wildcats are set to start off the weekend a day later than they were set to originally, with bad weather conditions to blame for the cancellation of Thursday night's matchup between the two. As a result, the Sea Dogs won't be able to catch a break this weekend as their next opponent is Baie Comeau for both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats, for their part, will receive the Halifax Mooseheads as visitors on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the second-place Montreal Juniors roll into Cape Breton for a double-date with the Screaming Eagles on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The latter contest will be head coach Pascal Vincent's 800th QMJHL game--against the team he started with. CHL goaltender of the week Jean-François Bérubé will look to continue his strong performance, including his first shutout of the season against the Gatineau Olympiques, into the doubleheader as Denis Kindl faces his former team for the first time since being acquired for Viktor Hertzberg. Kindl has eight goals and four assists in eight games for the Eagles.
Denis Kindl. Photo: CapeBretonPost.com
Undefeated in regulation through their last 11, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan have a tough road task ahead of them as they face the Quebec Remparts and Drummondville Voltigeurs in back-to-back outings. Quebec is coming off a narrow 5-4 win against Rimouski in which they had to come back from three goals down with only twenty minutes to do so. In the meantime, offensive threats Sean Couturier and Ondrej Palat have combined for 133 points in 81 games.
Amidst many swirling relocation rumours, the Lewiston MAINEiacs take on Rimouski on Friday and Chicoutimi on Sunday, both at home. The MAINEiacs beat the Océanic in Rimouski this past Sunday by a count of 3-1, as nine different players got their contributions up on the scoreboard. Étienne Brodeur leads the Lewiston squad with 64 points in 49 games, 39 of them goals.
SNB @ MON 6:00 p.m. EST
BAC @ HAL 6:00 p.m. EST
The Drakkar have more wins on the road than at home. Halifax has lost seven straight.
RIM @ LEW 7:00 p.m. EST
BAT @ QUE 7:00 p.m. EST
CHI @ VIC 7:30 p.m. EST
The Saguenéens are the least penalized team in the league. Victoriaville is 7-2-0-1 in their last stretch of ten games.
VDO @ ROU 7:30 p.m. EST
Val d'Or has lost their last seven. Their last win was against these same Huskies by a score of 9-2.
MTL @ CAP 6:00 p.m. EST
HAL @ MON 6:00 p.m. EST
BAC @ SNB 6:00 p.m. EST
BAT @ DRU 7:00 p.m. EST
GAT @ ROU 7:30 p.m. EST
Gatineau's last two games were shutouts at the hands of the Montreal Juniors and Chicoutimi Saguenéens respectively. While Rouyn-Noranda scored twice on Wednesday night alone, they eventually lost 10-2 to Shawinigan.
HAL @ PEI 2:00 p.m. EST
BAC @ SNB 3:00 p.m. EST
MTL @ CAP 3:00 p.m. EST
VIC @ QUE 3:00 p.m. EST
These two teams face off again on February 2nd. Victoriaville has taken both this season's contests against the Remparts by three goals each.
CHI @ LEW 4:00 p.m. EST
GAT @ VDO 4:00 p.m. EST
SHA @ DRU 4:00 p.m. EST
Shawinigan is coming off its 6th straight win and 1400th regular season win in franchise history. Drummondville has found its way back into the CHL top ten list this week, having won their last four.